Wisdom and money can get you almost anything, but only wisdom can save your life. (Ecclesiastes 7:12 NLT)
In my short time here on earth I have experienced the benefits of both wisdom and money on multiple occasions. Both are great to have, but as the opening scripture says, “…only wisdom can save your life.”(Ecclesiastes 7:12 NLT). Money is extremely useful and can help you get a lot of things done, whether it be for your family, your business, or for charitable causes. Interestingly enough however, money in and of itself cannot save your life.
The unique characteristic of wisdom is that it spills over to areas of your life that are beyond the reach of any amount of financial wealth. I always find it interesting how hard people strive to earn money and still end up struggling in life. Yes, their bills may be paid, but they can never seem to truly flourish in life. If they only knew that with the same diligent effort applied to acquiring wisdom, they’d have every financial need met and then some!
Wisdom is that x-factor that makes you function in a way that is in line with God’s perfect will for your life. It develops within you a mindset that is different from the world. As you grow in wisdom you realize that you reason in a way that others don’t reason; you become alive to spiritual realities. Think about when the children of Israel where being chased by the Pharaoh and his army; they got to the sea and immediately panicked because there was no obvious way to escape. Even Moses himself felt helpless and cried to God out of desperation. The Lord told him to stop crying and told him “But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exodus 14:16 KJV). Question: how did God know that a body of water so large could be split in half and stand still as a solid wall? It was the supernatural insight brought forth by wisdom! No amount of money could have made that miracle possible.
By wisdom, you can see more, do more, and be more. If you are at a difficult place in your life where you feel like you don’t have enough wisdom, you can ask God for it and He will gladly give it to you (James 1:5). If fact, God desires for you to have wisdom more than anything else! “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7 KJV). Put the wisdom of God to work in your daily life and you will see beautiful things happen in your job, business, relationships, finances, and every other area of your life.